A new study revealed that the number of Atlantic tropical cyclones that intensify into major hurricanes within 36 hours has more than doubled from 2001 to 2020. Further reports say the intensification has been affected mainly by the greenhouse gas emissions that humans are making.On October 19, a new study published by Assistant Professor Andra J. Garner of Rowan University in New Jersey, revealed an analysis from 1971 to 2020. Reports say the analysis showed that the greenhouse gas emissions made by humans had a warming effect on the oceans and the Earth and influenced the intensification of Atlantic tropical cyclones.
According to Erdenesanaa, Garner further revealed that the number of Atlantic tropical cyclones that intensify from a Category 1 hurricane into a major hurricane within 36 hours has more than doubled in the years 2001 to 2020. This suggests that the maximum intensification of the Atlantic tropical cyclones has increased by up to 28.7% more than what was recorded from 1971 to 1990.
Atlantic Tropical Cyclones With Most Damages
According to Oberholtz, five of the Atlantic tropical cyclones with the most cost of damages in the U.S. in the past decade include Sandy in 2012, Harvey and Irma in 2017, Ida in 2021, and Ian in 2022. Garner states that all of these Atlantic tropical cyclones have undergone rapid intensification and most have become Category 3 or higher major hurricanes.